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POB Library Receives Fifth Five Star Award

Library Journal, the country’s oldest and most respected publication in the field of library science, recently named the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library a 5-Star Library for the fifth time. Based on data from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Plainview-Old Bethpage was rated along with 7,268 libraries across the nation. Overall, the LJ Index scores libraries according to four per capita metrics that demonstrate public service: circulation, visits, program attendance and public Internet use. The top libraries are assigned five, four or three stars. Plainview-Old Bethpage is one of the 30 select libraries earning a 5-star rating in all of the last five editions.

“We are thrilled to receive our fifth 5-star rating and hope that residents continue to view the library as their community gathering place. We are open 76 hours a week, and invite everyone to apply for a library card, attend a lecture or concert, get involved in a book discussion group, or just use the Library’s Wi-Fi connection” said Library Director Gretchen Browne. “We are here to serve our patrons’ needs for books, DVDs, reference service, audio books and more. We look forward to adding new materials to our collection and offering new services.”

Recent media attention has focused on the key role libraries are playing in the life of their communities, especially during challenging economic times. America’s Star Libraries identifies libraries nationwide that are delivering exceptional service, and Plainview-Old Bethpage is holding steady at the top.